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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
More On Hotel Taboos
years, I have heard many of such dos and don’ts about staying in a hotel from
many frequent travelers. According to these friends, hotel is a pretty haunted
place; old or new. So just for the fun of it, I am sharing what I heard in the
hope to draw more comprehensive inputs:
you notice that fruits are displayed in a hotel corridor or beside lifts;
please don’t take a bite as these fruits are the offerings to local spirits and
to appease them.
normally happen in smaller hotel in a more remote area… If there is a bowl cupped
upside down, please don’t pick it up as it may be a spirit is being sealed underneath
it by some magician and left there for some reasons.
don’t stay in a room with some ‘fu’ or talisman attached onto the door, wall or
anywhere in the room. These talismans are normally meant to oppress spiritual
you are staying alone in a room with twin beads, please put your luggage or a
pillow in the middle of the bed indicating to the spirit that the room is
possible, on the first arrival to a new place. If your religion allows you to;
do go to the nearest shrine to pay a respect to the local deities. You don’t
have to do too much offerings, just simply burn a joss stick or a bow will save
you many troubles later.
the event that you are disturbed in your sleep, please don’t panic and scream, yell
or curse. You know, spirits are just like human; once you have panicked, they
tend to disturb you more often. My usual way without resorting to magic is just
say to the thin air to ask for the spirits to leave you alone: Such words when
said calmly are pretty powerful.
tell you a personal experience:
My pal and I were on a tour and we put up in a
small hotel room in Ipoh. In the middle of the night, my pal felt someone was
tickling his feet and he opened his eyes and saw an old man smiling at him. He
screamed in panic and woke me up. He told me what had happened and decided to
flee the place and sleep in the car instead. I didn’t think I could sleep in a
car more so that we will have some travelling to do the next morning; so I continued
to sleep. Not long after that, I heard ghostly knocking sounds around the room
and as the sounds intensifies; I felt a cold face pressed onto my face. Without
reciting any mantras or resort to any magic, I just say plainly: “Hey friend,
you have your life and I have mine. I don’t disturb you, so please don’t disturb
you.” As soon as I have uttered the words, the knocking halted and I was able
to sleep throughout the night.
On later dates when I passed through Ipoh, I
will make a point to book the same room again; but I supposed the spirits have
decided to leave me alone and nothing happened thereafter.